All three Boone County high schools will again be participating in a joint football scrimmage, this year set for Friday, Aug. 23 on Scott's turf field.
Gates open at 5 p.m., and the first session pits Scott against Sherman at 7. Sherman works out with Van at approximately 8:30 and Scott scrimmages Van at 10. Each session will last two quarters.
Other festivities during the evening are band performances at 6, a special coal miner tribute before the first scrimmage and a pass, pass, kick competition for midget league teams between scrimmages. Inflatables will also be available for children.
Admission is $7 for adults and students (kindergarten through 12th grade). Admission is free for all county middle school, junior high and midget league players, cheerleaders and majorettes in uniform. Gate receipts will be evenly distributed among the three high schools.
Parkersburg's race for time
The headaches aren't quite over yet for Parkersburg High School officials hoping to complete Stadium Field renovations in time for the coming football season.
The Big Reds have already lost their home opener against Warren Local (Ohio), which has been moved to Saturday night at Marietta College (Ohio). Now, they're worried about their second scheduled home game, Sept. 20 against Capital.
Parkersburg coach Don Reeves said the school has less than a week to meet another fund-raising deadline.
"I've had to call up a lot of buddies of mine,'' Reeves said. "Their goal is to raise $200,000 by [Friday] and if they do, it gets us in the stadium the second week of September and Capital will be our first game [at home]. We're out every day raising money.
"The great think about it is that Parkersburg loves football and it loves Stadium Field. We have all the concrete in. We just need money to finish the front wall, the sidewalks and the railings all around.''
The 90-year-old Stadium Field facility was forced to close its bleacher seating sections last November after a visual inspection indicated the concrete structures were decaying and unsafe for use. Thus began a three-part, almost $2 million project to replace the defects in time for the coming season. All but $700,000 of that total needed to be raised privately.
Anyone wishing to donate to the fund can make a check payable to PHS Stadium Committee, Parkersburg High School, 2101 Dudley Avenue, Parkersburg WV 26101.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.